Teenagers

Teenagers are at a crossroads in life, the vulnerable space between childhood and adulthood. Raising teenagers to be kind, wise, and motivated people is a daunting task, but one that loving parents take on with gusto. Sharing stories about teenagers is a great way to learn from others' experiences, and share your own insights on this important process.
Mom talking to teen daughter

Teaching Honesty to a Teen

A parent enlists God’s help in teaching her teenage daughter to do the right thing.

Soup kitchen volunteer

Feeding the Soul

A teen stretches his spiritual horizons during summer vacation.

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Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons in "Hearts Beat Loud"

SXSW Review: 'Hearts Beat Loud'

Nick Offerman's loveable family drama finds its rhythm.  

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Shelby Spear and her daughter, Kahrin

How She Let Go of Worrying About Her Daughter

Her daughter left on a service trip to Guatemala. Could prayer help this mom manage her anxiety?

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Lady Bird

'Lady Bird' Is a Love Letter to Home

Greta Gerwig's coming-of-age story beautifully captures the unique bond between mothers and daughters and how we think of home. 

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First day of high school

First Day of High School

A mom reflects on a son's road to adulthood.

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Close call while on a bicycle.

A Close Call and a Heart Full of Thanks

A mom finds lots to be thankful for after her teenaged son’s spill from a bike in the middle of New York City traffic.

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A mother bears sadness as she cares for her daughter.

When It’s Okay to Be Sad

A mother willingly bears sadness as she cares for her daughter.

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How to begin again on a bad day.

How Faith Can Reboot a Bad Day

When your week gets off to a rough start, begin again with the calming influence of prayer.

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Mother and daughter hugging

Keeping Kids Clean: Advice for Parents

An expert from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation offers tips on how parents can help keep their children happy, healthy—and safe.

Andrea Freidenthaler with grandson Devon

She Learned to Let Go and Let God Help Her Addicted Grandson

Both her adult son and his son, whom she adopted, struggled with substance abuse. Was her approach to parenting in some way enabling?

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How forgiveness and parenting work together.

How Parenting and Forgiveness Work Together

Forgiveness is about my heart, while parenting is about shaping the heart of my daughter.

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Stuck in traffic.

Stress Isn’t Forever

A traffic jam isn’t forever; uncertainty isn’t forever; even suffering isn’t forever.

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father playing with son at home on spring break

5 Cheap Ways to Entertain Your Kids on Spring Break

Make a week out of school more than just watching TV with these fun ideas for bonding with your kids.

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